Due to this day in age, we are so busy running errands, working, and staying busy that we can tend to forget about sleep until it catches up to us. When we are born we sleep most of the nights, well, our parents want that to happen. As we age into our teens we think sleep is for though that aren’t strong enough to hang, but then once we become adults we wish that we can sleep more. So how much sleep do we actually need?
According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recommendations are as follows:
-Newborns (0-3monthts): 14-17 hours/day
-Infants (4-11months): 12-15 hours/day
-Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours/day
-Preshoolers (3-5years): 10-13 hours/day
-School age (6-13): 9-11 hours/day
-Teenagers (14-17): 8-10 hours/day
-Younger adults (18-25 years): 7-9 hours/day
-Adults(26-64): 7-9 hours/day
-Older adults (65+ years): 7-8 hours/day
As you know, and probably have experienced that during your different stages in life, you experience different growth spurts, energy levels, and hormonal changes which affect how much sleep you will need. So why is sleep so important?
Sleep is very important for good health and well-being. Proper sleep can help with mental and physical health, and also improving your quality of life.
What happens when you do not get enough sleep? Long periods of sleep deprivation can cause serious health complications. Problems with sleep deficiency have been linked with depression, trouble making decisions, solving problems, and various other emotional and behavior problems. There have also been studies where lack of sleep can attribute to obesity and other weight related problems.
Think of sleep as your body resetting itself as it relaxes where different hormones help with regulating and deregulating different bodily functions. So make sure you get enough sleep throughout the day because your body is counting on you for survival from earlier in our lives to as we become older adults.